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12/03/2013
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Summary
The first attempt at NHS league tables are published today. The rankings have been compiled for a review commissioned by Jeremy Hunt into how to introduce "Ofsted-style" comparisons into the NHS...David Cameron yesterday said that spending on the NHS, foreign aid and schools will remain protected despite both Vince Cable and Liam Fox questioning the ring-fencing...A report by the Care Quality Commission has found that dementia patients are up to twice as likely as other patients to die after treatment as too often hospital staff failed to spot that an incoming patient had dementia, meaning they were put on a general ward instead of a specialist one. Chris Day, the author of the CQC's Care Update report, said 29 per cent of patients with dementia were not recorded as having the condition when admitted. The figure was much higher for those undergoing pre-planned operations than emergency treatment, he noted. The Alzheimer's Society condemned the findings, saying that hospitals are playing "Russian roulette" with the lives of dementia patients...People who lead healthy lifestyles should be rewarded with cash and fast-track NHS care, a report says.It could mean patients who reduce their risk of illness by eating a good diet would get priority for non-emergency hospital appointments. And benefits claimants could receive more cash if they can show they go to the gym regularly.Katherine Murphy, chief executive of The Patients Association, said: "This will ultimately save the NHS money and crucially, will help people live happier, longer and more independent lives."



 
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12/03/2013
Daily Express
By: Presswatch
We are at risk of losing the battle against disease
The chief medical officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies claimed that unless we are careful microbiotic resistance may effectively steal the use of antibiotics from us within 20 years. It could mean minor surgery again becoming a lottery. On a limited scale antibiotic resistance already is killing people with MRSA and clostridium difficile, two bacteria especially good at developing resistance to antibiotics, killing 300 and 2,000 people a year respectively. In the developing world the toll is far greater. Last year 150,000 people around the world died after their TB proved resistant to treatment with antibiotics.
 
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12/03/2013
Daily Express
By: Presswatch
Drive to cut salt in food
Food companies are being urged to change their recipes under a new Government drive to reduce people's salt consumption by a quarter. Public Health Minister Anna Soubry wants more firms to sign up to a new "Responsibility Deal" aimed at improving the health of the nation. The goal is to reduce the daily salt intake from an 8.1 grams-a-day average to six grams
 
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12/03/2013
The Guardian
By: Presswatch
Excercising the body can help the brain stay fit too
Lifelong exercise can lead to improved brain function in older age, a study has shown. People perform better in mental tests at the age of 50 if they have engaged in regular intense activity, such as running or swimming since childhood. The study leader, Dr Alex Dregan, from King's College London, said: "As exercise represents a key component of lifestyle interventions to prevent cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, public health interventions to promote lifelong exercise have the potential to reduce the personal and social burden associated with these conditions."
 
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